Debunking Cloud Migration Myths
You might be aware of the benefits the cloud can bring to your organization and you’ve started thinking about migrating to the cloud but there might be some common misconceptions about cloud migration that might be holding you back from taking advantage of its benefits, so let us debunk the myths for you.
Myths about Cloud Migration
Myth # 1. Cloud is only online
Cloud software allows you to work online and offline such as Microsoft 365. Once your documents are stored in OneDrive, you can access it to edit your documents and once you connected to the internet, your modified documents will be uploaded automatically.
Myth # 2. Migrating to the Cloud is too complex
Many believed that cloud migration is a long and too complex of a process but migrating data isn’t the heavy part. The real work and the most complex would be the planning and preparation for your end-users.
Cloud migration is done in the background for a few weeks and ensures that your business won’t be interrupted so it doesn’t require downtime, as long as it is well-planned. Also, you won’t have to maintain hardware and upgrade software all the time, decreasing the inconveniences and increasing your time spent on improving your business operations.
Myth # 3. Storing data on-premises is more secure than in the Cloud
Both have security vulnerabilities like most of the other tools, applications, and software. However, as most companies rely on technology more and more, cloud service providers have invested in improving cloud security for the data protection of consumers and compliance.
The cloud can be audited, updated, and secured comprehensively more than the physical infrastructure. Most data breaches are caused by human errors, so remember, the security of your cloud can only be guaranteed if you follow best practices and if it’s regularly maintained.
Myth # 4. Cloud eliminates the need for Disaster Recovery Planning
Yes, cloud reduces the risk of a disaster happening, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP). Situations such as physical security, power outages, robbery, or fire destruction can’t be prevented so local backups are still required.
You can also set up multiple clouds to minimize risk and figure out how you can synchronize data when one site is down. But, whether it’s one, two, or more cloud providers, you need to understand the level of service they provide to know what risks your plan should be included in your DRP.
Myth # 5. Cloud migration will result in vendor lock-in
The fear of vendor lock-in might be one of the reasons you are wary of cloud migration. There’s a lot of reservations about being dependent on a single cloud provider for all your needs. However, there are multiple ways where you can avoid vendor lock-in but still get the most out of your cloud investment.
The most important thing is for you to do your due diligence before selecting a vendor. When you migrate to the cloud, you have to determine goals and assess your current IT situation that includes a thorough edit of your infrastructure and resources. Also, learn and understand the capabilities of your cloud vendor, and if possible, you can consider opting for multiple cloud strategy so you can utilize your applications more.
Myth # 6. The cloud is more expensive
The initial investment might seem significant but once your business starts operating in the cloud, the capital disbursement is almost nil, while the operational expenses are minimal. Migrating to the cloud allows you to save up money from building a data center that includes space, electricity, cooling, and maintenance fees.
Based on the demands of your business, your cloud applications can be scaled up or down allowing you control over your IT costs.
Debunking the myths, and plan for the future.
Many beliefs today are based on misconceptions and fear of change. Once you have the knowledge and understanding of the positive impacts of the cloud for your business, you’ll be able to fully utilize its capabilities.
Cloud migration is a big step and requires proper planning and awareness of its potential. If you are having doubts about moving to the cloud, drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help.